We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The sparrows and wrens seem to have made it through the cold snap, as did the blue jays and cardinals. Alas, the goldfinches were hard hit; I haven't seen one this week, except for one that tried to shelter in my rock wall. I discovered him today. The dogs were doing a lot of investigative sniffing along the wall last week and I figured it was the songbirds trying to use it for shelter.
There are many designs out there for roosting boxes. I wasn't familiar with them before, but with a little ingenuity, a woodcrafter can make a dual purpose bird box that can provide nesting space in season, and be converted to a roosting box for the winter months. If the birds can find a sheltered place to huddle together, they can preserve their warmth and survive. Didn't know that they would do this! I always thought they just prefer the brush. But now I have another project for the coming months. We kept a lot of birds fed and alive last week, but I wish I had had some roosting boxes to offer them protected shelter.